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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 1001
Professor
Jennifer Bronson
Semester
Summer

Description
Intro to Sociology 1001 with Jennifer Bronson Lecture 1 / 27 August 2013 Professor Bronson will take attendance 10 random times a semester and you will be graded on that. Attendance was NOT taken on August 27. Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of institutions, groups, organizations and how people interact within these contexts. All human behavior is social. Sociological research can be either:  Pure- Knowledge for the sake of knowing  Applied- Knowledge that can be used to impose a social problem of interest Sociologists use a range of research techniques to identify and analyze patterns and trends in society. Differences between groups or categories of people. Even an absence of a pattern conveys info. Sociological Imagination, the book used in the course, was written by C. Wright Mills (1916-1962). *Remember his name. Sociological imagination is the capacity to think systematically and critically of the world around you, to see how the world influences you and others and how you and others influence the world. Our biographies or individual experiences intersect with history and society, or social issues. The difference between:  Troubles- Privately felt, personal problems that occur in a person’s life.
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